One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1988 – E.U.

“Da Butt” by E.U.

This song by E.U., or Experience Unlimited, is another song that will make you say, “Oh, I remember that one!” E.U. is led by singer/bassist Gregory “Sugarbear” Eliot, and based out of Washington D.C.

Spike Lee was directing his first major movie, School Daze, when he wanted a song for a scene where the kids would be doing a new dance called “Da Butt”. He called his friend Marcus Miller and asked him to write one. Once this was done, Miller asked the band E.U. to record it. “Da Butt” became their best-known song,peaking at #35 on the Billboard charts on May 21, 1988, and reaching #1 on the R&B charts. The song was #61 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s. In the hourly intros for the latter program, Sugarbear says he is proud to be a one-hit wonder.

E.U. experienced a resurgence in the mid to late 1990s, by partnering with the jazz, gospel, pop and gospel session singer, Maiesha Rashad, while performing under the name Maiesha and The Hip Huggers featuring E.U.

So far, “Da Butt” is still the band’s only hit, so let’s go shake it, Yeah-ee yeah. Yeah-ee, Yeah-ee, Yeah-ee Yeah:

One thought on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1988 – E.U.”

  1. Oh, I remember that one quite well. Not one of my favorite songs, but I did dance to it a lot.

    Didn’t know Marcus Miller wrote that. He’s a great bass player (right up there with Mark King), and I loved his days with the Jamaica Boys.


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